Kevin R. Nelson has been appointed director of information technology for Hanover County. Nelson had been acting director since March 2013.
“Kevin has been a member of Hanover County’s senior management team for more than 18 years and has developed strong working relationships with all departments,” said Cecil R. Harris Jr., county administrator. “He has done great work for Hanover County and its residents and I expect his appointment will continue to help us address our ever-expanding IT opportunities.”
Nelson was hired as Hanover County’s first Geographic Information Services (GIS) manager in 1995 and has served in that position since that time. Originally part of the planning department, GIS was moved to the department of information technology in 2009. GIS provides data such as property, roads, buildings, addresses, and topography in support of many county department operations. The GIS page is one of the most popular features on the county’s website, enabling citizens to locate property by tax parcel number or street address and providing ownership and assessment information.
Prior to being hired by Hanover County in 1995, Nelson was a senior planner in Stafford County. He also has experience in the private sector, having been employed as a systems maintenance manager for Mapcom Systems.
“Kevin has the right mix of experience and leadership skills the county will need to guide our organization through upcoming system upgrades and to meet the challenges of the ever-evolving technology landscape,” said John Budesky, deputy county administrator.
“I am truly honored that the county administration and Board have faith in me to do this job,” Nelson said. “I have learned in my six months as acting director that the IT department has a lot of talented and dedicated people who I will rely upon to meet the challenges ahead.”
Hanover’s department of information technology provides computer and telecommunications support services for all of the county’s departments. It consists of 34 employees.
Nelson was selected from a field of 65 applicants.
He and his wife Barbara live in Ashland and have two children.